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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jul 28, 2011 8:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Streaming player

I've been using Windows Media Player for years here. After moving to Windows 7 and whatever WMP, I'm less than thrilled. I have always felt that WMP was not intuitive and this latest version is horrible.

SOOO, any suggestions? Anyone using RealPlayer? Any others anyone would recommend?

Thanks,
TOOTMO

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Jul 28, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

VLC player(http://www.videolan.org/vlc/)seems to be another popular choice that even plays some damaged/corrupted files.


"VLC media player
VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. "

"Features
Simple, Powerful and Fast
Plays everything, Files, Discs (DVD, CD, VCD), Devices and Streams
Plays most codecs with no codec packs needed
Completely Free, 0 Spyware, Ads or User Tracking
Best Mpeg2, x264, DivX player
Works on most platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix...
Media Converter and Streamer"

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jul 28, 2011 9:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Winamp, though it's not perfect. Sometimes if I stop a track then re-start it skips ahead to the next track. I have to restart the whole thing if I want to hear the rest of the song.

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Poster: Ras ViKing Date: Aug 2, 2011 6:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

I use VLC and Foobar 2000.

For audio it is almost always Foobar. It just works. As do the plug-ins/extensions. The live show tagger is a G0D send when converting lossless to mp3 for use on my Samsung Focus [yeah, Windows Phone 7 :eyeroll:] which is one of the few Windows products I've been really happy with besides Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and Win2k. [Ok, the not being able to use custom ringtones is a bit annoying but not a big part of my day.]

When I want to mix it up with the media I'm playing or want to play video it's VLC hands down. If it played shn I'd use it almost exclusively. Never do I get a notice that 'Windows does not recognize the video codec. Please visit www.xxxx.micros0ft.com/yyyyyy/wwww/123/bdidipbIBACIBaonc to check for further information and possible fix' where I get to BUY the codec pack that probably includes the one I need.

I tried itunes when it first came out [before there was an Apple-store selling tunes] and it was ok. Once the integrated store came about I dumped it as it slowed ever system I had it on to a crawl. I have NEVER bought anything from itunes and likely never will. If that's the only place it's being sold then I go without it as apparently it's about the money not serving your [potential] customer(s).

Ditto Realplayer. Only more-so. And less-so. A real resource hog. In my experience.

I've tried Jet Audio and a few others but since finding Foobar and VLC years ago I have found no reason to try anything else.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jul 28, 2011 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

winamp

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Poster: craven714 Date: Jul 28, 2011 11:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

ditto UU.
My recommendation to you TOOTMO is to D/L Winamp, drop some acid, wait about a half hour and then
play your chosen GD show with the visualization
feature on and just sit back and enjoy.


http://www.winamp.com/media-player/all

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Jul 28, 2011 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player


RealPlayer,Winamp in that order. realplayer gets the call from the dugout more times than not. nicer bag of tricks.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 28, 2011 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

A divergent opinion on Real Player: once you install it it is hard as hell to get rid of, and it will do everything it can to take over all media on your computer. For troglodytes like myself, I recommend sticking with winamp unless you think you'll need all those lovely tricks

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Poster: Edsel Date: Jul 29, 2011 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Agreed, RP takes over.
Not a good thing.

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Poster: hippie64 Date: Jul 29, 2011 7:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player


I haven't really found need to be rid of RP, so I haven't attempted. More than happy w/ both Winamp and RP .I never changed default status from WMP so I have the option to go where I want w/ my music , Archive.org I always open w/ RP , flac files go to Winamp , all my mp3's I pull from my WMP library. I lead a nice simple uncluttered life , lol.

now where did I leave the TV remote(thats not it thats the stereo remote), is that it over by the xbox controller?

"I'll get up and fly away"

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Poster: Jack o' Roses Date: Jul 28, 2011 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

2nd that RP comment

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jul 28, 2011 9:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

I think Monte would suggest you switch to iTunes or better still, purchase a Mac.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 28, 2011 9:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

LMAO !

I know it's a minority opinion around here, but I go with Mac also. Finally freed myself from the Bill Gates hegemony and a life of vigilance against the trojans/viruses that plague Microsoft code.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 28, 2011 9:29am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Wise man, that Monte...

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 28, 2011 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

I've already said what I had to say about iTunes. This link is in my taper's handbook.

"I never use iTunes s/w! - except for managing the VBR MP3 files I create to be copied onto my [4GB Nano] iPod.

iTunes has always run with a clunky feel on my PC. I tried loading my Nano in iTunes s/w once - without using the sync mode - that was a big mistake. That was about 4 years ago. iTunes was running so clunky, it rendered itself unusable.

Another way to look at it: iTunes is designed, built, and marketed to you because Apple wants to sell music to you via their iTunes Store, for loading up your iPod. Yes, make sure you purchase songs from your favorite trade-friendly bands.

All I want to do is to load up my iPod from the Music Library I built on my PC. I do not want to visit Apple's Music Store. If I click on the iTunes Store link by accident, Apple punishes me, and I suffer through a lengthy time-out. I have NEVER purchased any music from the iTunes Store. This is why I never use iTunes!" [Try purchasing songs by your favorite trade-friendly bands from other internet sites.]

This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-07-28 17:55:09

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 28, 2011 11:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Note that I would not advocate for iTunes either, especially for buying music from their store - I agree with Monte on that score. It does run very smoothly as an integral part of the Mac OS, so there's no issue there. I have a definite preference for Macs however - the OS is solid, runs plenty of RAM for graphics and music apps, and viruses are virtually unheard of. I stream everything through the browsers anyway, even on the Windows machines I use occasionally - I hate Windows Media Player.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Jul 28, 2011 1:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Monte:
""I never use iTunes s/w! - except for managing the VBR MP3 files I create to be copied onto my [4GB Nano] iPod."

Seriously, Monte? All that bitchin' and moanin' about Jobs and Apple AND YOU use an ipod? You need to SFU!!

TOOTMO

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 28, 2011 3:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

yep... I try and compromise, and I stick to my values. I also get my electric power off the grid. I live in my home same as you, not in a cave. I own an older used motor vehicle, but I park it and use my bicycle instead. I pay taxes. I love the GD. Stuff like that... No need to hate people who think the way I do.

I use WinAmp as my lossless audio player - free Win Amp Player -- "Standard Edition" is free.

Playing your FLACs and SHNs in Win Amp
FLAC Plug-in for Win Amp
SHN Plug-in for Win Amp

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 28, 2011 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

My used car is 20 years old. My old Nano is 4 years old. I have 463 songs on this iPod. Space used is 3.58GB. Total runtime is 1.9 days. I bought my Nano because of these features it had at the time. It was the only itty bitty MP3 player that could play VBRs. And, no one else had a battery life lasting 24 hrs. It's perfect for my backpacking trips. It's my companion when I'm out camping solo. It's great to have music after dark at my camp, or when I'm stuck in my tent during lengthy rainstorms.

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Poster: tiwahusoftware Date: Aug 27, 2012 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

I wanted a player to use on my phone. It's a Windows Phone, just like Ras ViKing. This was the result:

http://tinyurl.com/tiwahu-wp-lma

Seems to work pretty well. If you have a Windows Phone, too...enjoy!

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Poster: WillCo Date: Jul 28, 2011 1:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player

Winamp has for some years done almost everything I want, and I haven't explored it fully by any means. These benefits come to mind as far as my experience goes:

1)It handles flac and shorten files transparently (I think there may have been an add-on involved);
2)It seems to run without using huge amounts of the PC's resources (my PC's fan SCREAMS whenever iTunes is running);
3)It can be made to wr*te str**ms to your h**d d*sk (go figure);
4)Upgrades and updates arrive in a benificent fashion, at sensible intervals. When you install updates it accepts any defaults you are currently using and does not try to elbow its way to being your favourite cd player, video player etc.; nor does it force its way onto your desktop, startup tray etc. (As opposed to iTunes/Quicktime and Windows MP);
5) It has a remote player which links an internet radio (and other devices on the home network) to my music library.

My daughter swears by Spotify which I believe is now starting up in the U.S. She's just loaded it for me this week, and it looks great: it incorporates another good player and excellent facilities for sharing playlists via Facebook etc. Plus lots of opportunities for cheaply trying out music.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jul 28, 2011 7:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Streaming player - Spotify

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/28/technology/personaltech/spotify-unshackles-online-music-david-pogue.html

I never heard of Spotify until today.